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Today I went to the Imperial Palace for the new year greeting. As for me, it is the first time to go to the new year greeting. Every year I only watched on the TV news about Imperial family’s greeting, but this year my Canadian friend planed to go, so I suddenly decided to see them.

The Imperial palace, Tokyo

The Imperial palace, Tokyo

Tokyo station

I arrived at the Tokyo station at 9:30 am. From here, it is about 5 minutes walk to the Imperial palace’s park (Koukyo mae Hiroba).

pokiceman at Imperial palace

There are many people and policemen before the park.

Greeting at the imperial palace

Many people are waiting to enter.

Imperial greeting

They gave each of us Japan’s frag (Hinomaru) for free.

Imperial palace

Even though the morning, many people gathered.

metropolitan police and horse

metropolitan police

metropolitan police's bus

There are many policemen and their bus in the gate.

New year greeting and security check

Before the gate, we have to be checked our baggage.

New year greeting

After the baggage check, we had to be frisked.

After it fell over like ninepins at New Year Greeting many years ago, police has guided to walk slowly and non-stop.

After it fell over like ninepins at New Year Greeting many years ago, police has guided to walk slowly and non-stop.

Many policemen near the Nijyubashi bridge

Many policemen near the Nijyubashi bridge

Nijyubashi bridge's lamps

Nijyubashi bridge’s lamps

Lamps' base of bridge

Lamps’ base of bridge

Nijyubashi bridge and Fushimi yagura

Nijyubashi bridge and Fushimi yagura

Imperial Guard

Imperial Guard at Main gate

Inside the main gate, Fushimi yagura keep

Inside the main gate, Fushimi yagura keep

The imperial palace

The imperial palace and Kyuden Totei plaza. We were waiting for the Imperial family for 30 minutes.

The second floor's veranda that was covered the glasses. I can find the flowers.

The second floor’s veranda that was covered the glasses. I can find the flowers.

The microphone that the emperor will use

The microphone that the emperor will use

Imperial Guard

Imperial Guard is watching us. He never moves.

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